A simple postscript to the election inquest tells us why the Conservatives did far worse than expected, and why they will do even less well in the future.
A friend of mine has a child at a London primary school. The school had its own election on June 8. The result? Labour 300 votes; the Conservatives 17; Ukip 3. The child was unusual in that he voted Conservative. Far worse, he was asked by classmates what would have been his second choice? Ukip, he said. “Then we can’t be friends with you,” was the response.
Another friend has a string of children in their twenties and thirties, mostly living in London. They are split between the private and public sectors. They all voted Labour. One girl, in her thirties, is disposed to support the Conservatives (unlike her siblings). But she made up her mind on the day after viewing a Facebook video highlighting Labour’s commitment to shovelling more money into the NHS and contrasting that with alleged Tory parsimony.
The same gang of young adults are delighted by Mr Corbyn’s performance and dismayed that the Maybot is still chugging along, insisting on business as usual (which she is constitutionally allowed to do). They are particularly horrified that she is in the process of doing a deal with the DUP. “But they are against gay marriage!”
It is called the long march through the institutions. It has not been stopped – not by Thatcher, not by Major, not by Cameron, and certainly not by May. And not by Ukip and not by Brexit. The teachers all vote Labour now (they did not used to); the primary kids vote Labour, the teenagers vote Labour; the students vote Labour; and since no one grows up any more in Britain, they go on voting Labour into their thirties. At this rate, we will soon have Geriatrics for Labour.
Perhaps the country needs a Year Zero. A decade of quasi Marxist government. That might teach the young that a free-market, liberal democracy founded on faith, flag and family makes for the greatest happiness of the greatest number.
(Image: Garry Knight)